20 DAYS UGANDA - RWANDA SAFARI. (INS013)
20 DAYS UGANDA - RWANDA SAFARI. (INS013)
Tour Code: INS013
MURCHISON FALLS, KIBALE FOREST,SEMULIKI QUEEN ELIZABETH,LAKE BUNYONYI, PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS, BWINDI , LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK, SSESE ISLANDS, JINJA AND KAMPALA CITY TOUR.
Day One: Airport pickup.
One of our company representatives will pick you from the Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Banda Inns – budget,BB Caccia lodge-midrange BB and Emin Pasha –top range accommodation BB.
Day Two: Transfer to Murchison falls National Park.
Set off at 8.00am in the morning and head towards northwestern Uganda for about 6-7 hour drive. Stop over in Masindi town for lunch. Continue to Murchison falls national park, the most beautiful protected area in Uganda. You will take a drive to the top of the falls where you will enjoy and marvel at the mighty Nile being forced in a seven meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades that can be viewed at different points at the summit. Proceed to the lodge have the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Lodge- top range FB, Sambiya river Lodge – midrange HB and Red Chilli Rest Camp - budget accommodation BB.
Day Three: Murchison falls National Park.
After an early breakfast , embark on a thrilling game drive on the northern bank of the Nile , escorted with a game ranger expect to see elephants, Giraffe, countless Antelope , Hartebeest, Lions, Oribis, Waterbucks and a variety of savannah woodland birds. After Lunch, go for a launch trip upstream on River Nile at 14.oo hours for game viewing at close quarters view a variety of hippos and crocodiles. Abundant birdlife can also be sighted like the rare shoebill stork, Red fronted bee eater, silver bird and Blue mantled coucal. You will also view the awesome inspiring Murchison falls where the River Nile hurls its self into appalling convulsions. Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Lodge- top range FB, Sambiya river Lodge - midrange HB and Red Chilli Rest Camp - budget accommodation BB.
Day Four: Transfer to Fort Portal-Kibale National Park.
After breakfast, with your packed lunch set of for Kibale National Park. On arrival at Fort portal you will have an optional visit to the Toro Kingdom palace, coronation site and burial grounds. Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge Kibale (Luxury safari tents FB) –top range / cottages – Budget,BB and midrange at the mountains of the moon hotel,BB.
Day five: Chimp Tracking-Kibale National Park.
After breakfast, report to Kanyanchu Tourist centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track Chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but this is not a guarantee. The National Park is a home of the endangered Chimpanzee and boosts of having one of the highest concentrations of primates in East Africa. Primate Species includes endangered chimpanzee, threatened red colobus monkey, Black and White colobus, Blue monkey bush babies and the Nocturnal Potto. After lunch, Have a nature walk to the Bigodi Wetland .Bigodi swamp is a community based activity that was set up to enable tourists give back to the community and yet enjoy the nature offered by the swamp like many colorful butterflies, birds and other plant species.. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Day Six: Fort Portal-Semuliki.
Have an early breakfast and transfer to Semiliki National Park in Bundigyo with a packed Lunch. You can visit the Sempaya Hot springs. After Lunch, Visit the Pygmies just adjacent to Ntandi park gate. These comprise of the Bamba and Bakonjo. Take note of their ways of Living. Transfer to Semuliki Safari Lodge in Semuliki wildlife reserve. Have a night drive and explore nocturnal species like leopard, lion, spotted genets, white tailed mongoose, eagles, owls, night jars. Dinner and overnight at semiliki safari lodge,FB.
Day Seven: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After Breakfast, depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park and arrive in the Afternoon. Have lunch at the lodge and relax for a while. After lunch, go for a nature walk to Maramagambo forest or have a drive to the explosion craters in Katwe.. (optional activity) view a variety of plant and tree species. With the same nature walk, you can view a variety of birds, butterflies and primates. Visit the bat cave and take a closer look at the bats. If lucky, you will spot the rock pythons that occasionally feed on the Bats. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge –top range FB, King fisher lodge Kichwamba-Midrange, HB or hostel Mweya -Budget accommodation,BB.
Day Eight: Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, go for a game drive heading for the mating grounds of the Uganda Kobs. Also view other animals like lions, Elephants and Buffaloes. After Lunch, you will go for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel at 15.00hrs.This is a natural channel that joins Lake Edward to Lake George. Actually this is one of your highlights for the Safari. On this cruise you will view abundant birdlife, buffaloes, Elephants and perhaps the highest concentration of Hippos in Africa. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge –toprange,FB King fisher lodge Kichwamba-Midrange,HB or hostel Mweya - Budget accommodation, BB.
Day Nine: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi.
After breakfast proceed to Lake Bunyonyi the second deepest lava dammed lake in East and Central Africa. Your drive will get you to see some beautiful scenery of the Kabale highlands, on to the Lake Bunyonyi environs for a day of relaxation enjoying the beautiful scenery and serene environment. Arrive just in time for lunch at the lodge .You will take part in an optional activity of your choice like swimming, bird watching, a boat ride through all the islands, Nature walks to the Batwa and Bakiga communities. Dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages.BB
Day Ten: Lake Bunyonyi – Park National Des volcans.
Set off in the morning after breakfast and proceed to Parc National Des volcans in Rwanda with packed lunch. Arrive late in the afternoon, check in your place of accommodation. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel Ruhengeri BB
Day Eleven: Park National des volcans.
In the heart of Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat, are the great old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, nearly covered with rich green rain forest, the virungas. These are protected within Parc des volcans. The lushy forested slopes of the virungas form an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is arguably the most poignant and most memorable Wildlife Safari Experience in the vast African Wilderness-Gorilla Tracking Safaris. After an early breakfast, Set off for gorilla trekking. hikers will love it Gorilla trekking is unpredictable, it is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike, the gorilla trekking may take 2-8hours , expect to walk long distances sometimes with rain overhead before you encounter any gorillas. You will be rewarded when you encounter the gentle giants. For conservation purposes, the time spent with gorillas is one hour. Have dinner and overnight at Gorilla’s Nest Hotel BB in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.
Day Twelve: Ruhengeri-Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Have an early breakfast and transfer to kisoro. Arrive in time for lunch at your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort-top range-FB,Buhoma Community Camp-Midrange,HB and Bwindi View Bandas-Budget,BB
Day Thirteen: Bwindi-Gorilla trekking
After an early breakfast with packed lunchboxes, drive to Nkuringo at 6.30 am.
Arrive just in time for briefing with your guide at 7.45 am , Set off for gorilla trekking and enjoy what you missed out on the previous trekk. Hikers will love it Gorilla trekking is unpredictable, it is difficult to foresee how many hours you will hike, the gorilla trekking may take 2-8hours , expect to walk long distances in steep muddy conditions sometimes with rain overhead before you encounter any gorillas. Your efforts will be rewarded when you have an encounter with the humble giants. For conservation purposes, the time spent with gorillas is one hour. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Resort-top range-FB, Buhoma Community Camp-Midrange, HB and Bwindi View Bandas-Budget, BB
Day Fourteen: Transfer to Lake Mburo: 20th August
After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo with a lunch stop in Mbarara town. Arrive at the park late in the evening. You will have an evening Game drive through the fringing swamp area. View a variety of Zebras, rare and shy sitatunga, antelope, topi and the gigantic eland. Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge – top range FB, Mantana tented camps FB - Midrange and Rwonyo camp - budget accommodation BB.
Day Fifteen: Lake Mburo: 21st August
After an early breakfast, you will take an interesting safari walk, this park boosts the best Nature walks in all parks and it’s only this park that you can see Game/wild life on a walk. After lunch, have an afternoon boat trip to cool off and also to enable us spot more water species like hippos, birds and occasional Nile Crocodiles. Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge – top range FB, Mantana tented camps - Midrange FB and Rwonyo camp - budget accommodation BB.
Day Sixteen: Transfer to Ssese Island.
After breakfast with a packed lunch, drive to Entebbe for your transfer to Ssese Islands at 2.00pm. The island will give you the Caribbean experience with their white sand beaches and sky blue waters. You will also encounter the vervet and colobus monkey, a variety of bird species and scores of butterflies. Dinner and overnight at Ssese Island beach hotel FB.
Day Seventeen: Ssese Islands.
You will take part in an optional activity of your choice a forest walk, half day fishing or an island tour. Dinner and overnight at Ssese Island Beach Hotel FB.
Day Eighteen: Jinja.
After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe where you will be met by your Into Africa Safari guide. Drive to Jinja making an optional stopover at Ssezibwa falls one of the heritage sites of the Buganda Kingdom in Mukono. In Jinja you will make an optional visit to the mighty Bujagali falls. Have Lunch at your hotel. You will take a boat ride to the source of the Nile or alternatively go for the exciting white water rafting for the entire day. Dinner and overnight at the Nile Porch for budget BB, the Haven for Midrange FB and Jinja Nile Resort –top range BB.
Day Nineteen: Transfer to Kampala.
After breakfast transfer to Kampala with packed lunch making an optional stop at Mabira forest reserve, you will have an optional city tour after lunch, which will take you to the Uganda Museum, markets around town, arts and craft markets, Kasubi tombs (the burial ground for three of Buganda’s Kabakas/Kings. Alternatively, we can for cultural entertainment in the city, enjoy different cultures of Uganda. Dinner and Overnight at Banda Inns - budget, Hotel le Boungainviller - Midrange and Emin Pasha –top range accommodation.
Day Twenty: Departure.
You can relax at the hotel in the morning then prepare for your flight depending on your departure time. We shall transfer you to the airport depending on your departure time. Depart with beautiful memories of your safari.
Included in the package
- 19 nights’ accommodation and meals as stated
- Transport (4WD) and Fuel for the whole trip plus a full time safari guide
- 3Game drives and 2 launch cruises
- Park entrance charges
- Gorilla and chimp permits
- Water throughout the trip
- Boat and ferry transfers.
- Lunch enroute on your 1st and last day of your safari.
- Safari walk
- Nature walk at Bigodi Swamp
Excluded from the package:
- Phone calls, bar bills, laundry bills, extra meals and any other personal expense not included on the itinerary.
- Fees for extra activities not included in the itinerary as well as optional activities on Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala, Jinja and Ssese Islands
- All Gorilla trips must be booked three months in advance and can only be confirmed depending on availability of gorilla permit.
- Gorilla permit cost USD 500 per person. please note, due to high demand you are advised to book for your gorilla safari at least 4 (four) months.
- Prices apply till are subject to change without notice. For more details and tailor-made safaris please contact us.
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